Our latest press releases on important news and events relating to immigration detention in the United States

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175 Immigrant and Human Rights organizations tell Congress to Reject ICE’s Second Request in Six Months to Increase Immigration Detention Budget

September 5, 2018

One-hundred and seventy five immigrant and civil rights organizations sent a letter today to congressional appropriators urging them to reject the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) latest request for new funding to further expand the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention system.

#DefundHate Coalition Slams House Committee For Voting to Tear More Families Apart

July 26, 2018

Washington, DC — Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee voted on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Fiscal Year 2019 Bill.

#DefundHate Coalition Recommends Voting NO on DHS Appropriations Bill

July 19, 2018

Washington, DC — The #DefundHate Coalition recommends that the House Appropriations Committee vote NO next week on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY19 appropriations bill that was introduced on Thursday by the Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the House Appropriations Committee.

This measure includes increased funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to target, incarcerate, and tear families apart, and $5 billion to build 200 miles of new and harmful border walls.

Reported Suicide at Georgia Immigration Detention Center

July 12, 2018

Lumpkin, Georgia  — Immigrant rights organizations, El Refugio Ministry, Georgia Detention Watch, Project South, Southern Poverty Law Center and Detention Watch Network are demanding an immediate investigation and public release of the findings of the death of Efrain Romero De La Rosa. De La Rosa, 40, originally from Puebla, Mexico, died on July 10th after being in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Stewart Detention Center operated by the notorious private prison company, CoreCivic, in Georgia.

DHS Investigates its Immigration Detention Inspections System and Concludes: ICE Lies

June 29, 2018

Washington, D.C. — The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Detention Watch Network welcome today’s report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), holding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) accountable for its failed detention inspections system. One ICE employee told OIG investigators it is “very, very, very difficult to fail” inspections, and another called the inspections “useless.”

DWN denounces Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Trump’s Muslim Ban

June 26, 2018

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court was a complete failure to this country’s democracy. We are living in a moment where everyone is challenged to defend and uphold democratic values, and instead the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Muslim ban flies in the face of these ideals and further emboldens Trump’s anti-immigrant and Islamophobic agenda.

The Trump administration is grossly obsessed with incarceration

June 22, 2018

Los Angeles, California — In a week dominated by news of cruel family separation and an executive order that double downs on Trump’s anti-immigrant and racist agenda by increasing the widely denounced policy of family detention, immigrant rights advocates look to amplify a key driver of Trump’s evil practices: incarceration.

Poor Medical Care, Deaths, in Immigrant Detention

June 20, 2018

Washington, DC – Poor medical treatment contributed to more than half the deaths reported by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a 16-month period, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, Detention Watch Network, and National Immigrant Justice Center said in a report released today.

DWN condemns Trump’s executive order and GOP poison bills

June 20, 2018

Washington, DC — In response to Trump’s executive order, Danny Cendejas, Organizing Director of Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:

Immigrant advocates demand #JusticeforRoxsana and to cut funding for immigration detention and enforcement on national day of action

June 6, 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico  — Immigrant rights organizations, including the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, National Immigrant Justice Center, NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé) and Detention Watch Network are demanding an immediate investigation and public release of the findings of the death of Roxsana Hernandez. Roxsana, 33, died on May 25th after being in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Cibola County Detention Center in New Mexico where she was detained in the transgender unit.